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Biblical prophets in Byzantine Palestine: reassessing the by David Satran

By David Satran

The "Lives of the Prophets" is a sequence of short biographical sketches of the key and minor prophets of the Hebrew Bible. mostly held to be a Jewish record from the top of the interval of the second one Temple, the "Lives" bargains an abundance of geographical, genealogical and narrative element which isn't easily paralleled. This evaluation of the paintings offers a survey of the textual nation of the composition and its reception, by means of an exam of the literary constructions which underlie the person "vitae". it's argued that the "Lives" is an advanced, seriously redacted rfile whose current shape can't predate the fourth century advert. in basic terms in the context of early Byzantine Christian issues - holy males, sacred websites and the veneration of the saints - does the "Lives of the Prophets" develop into a understandable and important textual content.

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R. Johanan's saying, however, is concerned with God's internal spiritual struggle. 77 He is afraid to bring it to conscious awareness and reveal it to His limbs or let it pass His lips, because expressing it verbally would turn a diffuse feeling into a conscious, defined plan. As Rasbi commented: "I did not utter anything my limbs may hear, but this secret was hiding in my heart:' This interpretation is confirmed by a parallel version, wherein the limbs are replaced by the mouth: "R. Samuel taught in the name of R.

However, others felt that Moses' question had not been answered at all and, rather than being a problem of justice, this issue belongs in the realm of God's arbitrary right of clemency: Now this [saying of R. Johanan] is in opposition to the saying of R. Meir. For R. " For it is said (Exodus 33:19): "And I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious;' although he may not deserve it, ''And I will show mercy on whom I will show mercy;' although he may not deserve it. Unlike Moses, Rabbi Akiba himself never complained about the injustice of his painful agony, as the Talmud tells us elsewhere: When R.

Simeon b. Lakish equate between the limbs and the angels, they avail themselves of different myths. R. Simeon b. Lakish's statement that God refrains from revealing the secret of the end of days to the angels is linked to the well-known motif of the angels' jealousy of mortals. As the angels had opposed the creation of Adam, the giving of the 'lbrah to Moses, and the ascent of the four tannaim who entered the pardes,76 so do they oppose redemption. "), as the angels are often merely another manifestation of the cellestial attribute of justice or, in more general terms, of the rational aspect of God's essence.

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